Bwin is not a name that immediately springs to mind when Irish punters are talking about gambling and bookmakers but outside our own shores and in particular in Mainland Europe Bwin is a big name. Anybody who follows European soccer will undoubtedly have seen the name on the shirts of both Bayern Munchen and Real Madrid or if you are a fan of MotoGP then you will have also noticed their sponsorship but due to lack of bookmakers shops on the high street they remain comparatively unknown in Ireland. Despite this, here at gamblling.ie we are pleased to introduce Bwin to you as a very good online gambling operator with many choices of sports betting, casino, poker and games for the gambling man or woman.
Bwin Interactive Entertainment AG which is the parent company is based in Vienna, Austria and is a listed company. The operational side of the business is run by Bwin International Ltd which was formed in the year 1999 and is based in Gibraltar where it is also fully licensed to carry out its online gambling business. The business also operates according the code of conduct drawn up by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA). Bwin takes more than 30,000 bets daily in 90 different sports. Bwin takes great care to ensure security of customer information as well as placing strong emphasis on the responsibility to ensure no underage person can register and to identify problems early whether that be problem gambling or money laundering. Bwin is also a member of the independent eCOGRA to ensure fair gambling. From this you can gather that despite the name not rolling of the tongue Bwin is an extremely large and well respected player in the online gambling market.
The sports offering is perhaps the best known of the Bwin online gambling where the range of sports and the range of different bets is second to none. In football for example you can bet on the first half/second half result, how many goals will be scored, how many goals will be scored in the first/second half, which team will score first, the actual score after full time, number of goals odd or even and so it goes on; there are regularly more than 30 different bets to be placed on any match apart from the result and this is what makes sports gambling at Bwin interesting. In total at any one moment in time there can be more than 11,000 bets available to make and that does not include the live in play betting which is also available in many games or matches. Horse racing gambling is not the best of the features of Bwin and if you are specialised in Irish or UK horse racing you can do better elsewhere but most of the major races will be covered; greyhound racing does cover all UK race tracks but not many of the Irish ones.
Bwin casino gambling is where there is a real difference and as soon as you enter the site you will notice immediately the crisp and sharp graphics which are essential to pleasurable online casino gambling. Games are available in either instant or download format and although the instant casino will meet most gamblers requirements, far greater choice is available at the download casino. Bwin online casino is also the only online casino we know that publishes the payout percentages of various types of game on the front page. Card games include Pai-Gow poker, Caribbean Poker, casino war and casino hold’em which is poker played against the dealer in addition to the standard Blackjack and several variations. Table games contain both European and French roulette which are basically the same except for the language whilst video poker gambling options include Jacks or Better and Deuces wild. Slot offerings are three reel or five reel with the five reel versions offering many of the popular jackpot slots such as Knights of Glory and Space Tale. The range of slots may not be the biggest in the industry but there is plenty of choice which should be more than adequate. Live casino is currently not offered by Bwin casino but as Bwin is in discussions with Party Gaming as we write, this may be corrected before too long.
Bwin does have a very good and complete poker line up with either instant play or download poker available. Tournaments are a feature of Bwin poker with start times all through the day and a variety of buy ins sometimes as little as $0.10 for beginners. There is also a very good poker school for those wishing to learn the game. With low buy ins and a good school, Bwin poker is a very good place to learn the game without your bankroll being damaged too much but if you are a serious player Bwin runs satellite qualifying tournaments to most of the major competitions such as the Grand Series of Poker. If you really want some quick fun then try the “Chip Chaser”. This mini tournament runs for only ten minutes after which everybody is all in all the time so the secret is to maximise your chip stack however you can before ten minutes is up; fast and furious fun.
Last but not least is the Bwin gambling games section and this is where you can find all the high low games, the keno games or mini bingo games, dice games such as liar dice or poker dice but also the popular Yatzy or if you are in a serious mood depending upon skill rather than pure luck you can try your hand here at Backgammon or Mahjong. Bwin has a daily free roll each day but the game varies so keep your eyes on the calendar.
Nearly all games in the casino or games section are available as free play for practise so take a tip from us and sign up to Bwin which although not the best known online operator will not disappoint.